Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville by bus, van

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From Phnom Penh Kumho to Sihanoukville by bus

14:30
Phnom Penh Kumho
19:30
Sihanoukville Downtown
5h

From Phnom Penh Virak Buntham olympic to Sihanoukville by bus

15:30
Phnom Penh Virak Buntham olympic
19:30
Sihanoukville Virakbuntham
4h
Instant

From Phnom Penh Giant Ibis to Sihanoukville by bus

08:00
Phnom Penh Giant Ibis
12:30
Sihanoukville Giant Ibis
4h 30m
Instant
15:30
Phnom Penh Giant Ibis
20:00
Sihanoukville Giant Ibis
4h 30m
Instant

From Phnom Penh Thero Express to Sihanoukville by van

08:00
Phnom Penh Thero Express
12:30
Sihanoukville Thero Express
4h 30m
14:30
Phnom Penh Thero Express
19:00
Sihanoukville Thero Express
4h 30m

How to get from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville

Want some crystal clear seas, long sand beaches with shallow waters or Phangan-style partying without going to the islands? Sihanoukville is more than happy to accommodate you. Do not expect glittering modern shopping malls and designer boutique hotels, though; what you are likely to find here is a laid-back and relaxed vacation by the sea and the atmosphere reminiscent of the Thai islands of 10 or 20 years ago. That said, unpretentious nightlife venues, cosy restaurants and bars, massage shops and market stalls do not lack. Tour agencies offer trips to the neighbouring islands for snorkelling, and the sea is really beautiful. Though there is not much to do in Sihanoukville, it is still a great place to spend a couple of days doing nothing, tasting freshly brewed Angkor beer (the first brewery of the brand in located in Sihanoukville) and wandering in the shadow of cannonball trees covered with big exotic flowers which are a distinct feature of a couple of Sihanoukville wats.

From Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville by bus

There are a number of operators serving the route between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. Both prices and quality of service vary greatly. 12go.asia collaborates with Giant Ibis Transport for a number of reasons, including the best safety record (road safety is an issue in Cambodia) and the fact that a certain part of the cost of each ticket goes to preservation of ibis which is the national bird of Cambodia. Besides, every passenger of Giant Ibis Transport is covered with insurance and at the moment it is also the only transport company in Cambodia which sells tickets online and in advance.

Travel time between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville is from four hours to 4½ hours (240 km). The National Road #4 is in good condition – forget the bumpy experience you may have had here some five years ago. Currently there are three buses a day heading to the most popular sea resort city in Cambodia: at 8am, 9.30am and 12.30pm. All tickets cost USD12. Giant Ibis’ fleet consists of smaller Universe County buses which are not too spacious. It pays to choose your seat in advance. Try to avoid the first row, if you can, and note that all ‘C’s are jump seats. Apart from the space issue, Giant Ibis Transport buses offer an excellent value, and the service provided on board is usually flawless. They have air-conditioning and serve small snacks or a bottle of water during the trip, too.

Good news – or rather GREAT news: Wi-Fi is available on board of each Giant Ibis bus. Are we sure we are in Cambodia, guys? Well, after you discover you have Internet on board, it looks just natural to have electrical outlets, too. But isn’t it a local wonder, eh?

Note that there are no on-board toilets on Phnom Penh–Sihanoukville route. No bad smell in the bus, either. There is a 10-minute stop half the way between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville to stretch your legs.

In Phnom Penh, Giant Ibis Transport buses leave from the company’s office in 106 Street, close to the night market and the riverfront. If you stay in one of the company’s partner hotels, you can order a complimentary pickup service. Check the list of the partner hotels on the Giant Ibis Transport web site.

In Sihanoukville, Giant Ibis Transport bus station is located on 2 Thnou Street, 200 m from the Golden Lions Circle. It is about 500 m to Serendipity Beach and almost one km to Ochheuteal Beach where plenty of accommodation option of various price range can be found. If you do not want to walk, take a tuk-tuk to your next destination (normally from USD1 to USD5).

Getting around

Hopping from one beach to another in Sihanoukville is best done by motorbike, be it a motorbike taxi or a rented scooter. Rules regarding renting out motorbikes to foreigners change often, but at present it is possible to get one at about USD5 per day. Many motorbikes for rent are ill-maintained, so drive with caution.

Motorbike taxis charge USD1 for short rides (e.g. between neighbouring beaches or from any beach except for Otres beach to the centre of the city).

Tuk-tuks in Sihanoukville tend to overcharge. Always discuss the cost of your ride before you board the vehicle. Tuk-tuk drivers hanging around the new bus station are especially hard to deal with. Short rides within the city cost USD3.

Which beach in Sihanoukville to choose

It is a rare case when beaches on the mainland have nothing to envy to the islands, but it is the case with Sihanoukville. Some say that the town obviously lacks infrastructure and facilities essential to any modern sea resort; but Sihanoukville feels so delightfully rustic and authentic that it compensates. Thanks to numerous expats who have chosen Sihanoukville as their new home, great Western food restaurants and bars do not lack, and long sweeping beaches of Sihanoukville never feel too overcrowded.

Ochheuteal beach and Serendipity beach

These two are the most popular and peopled beaches of Sihanoukville. The sea is still beautiful and there are plenty of souvenir stalls, beach restaurants and bars, tour agencies and accommodation options from 5-star hotels to relatively budget bungalows there. Serendipity is more on a budget side and has nightlife spots, but the beach itself is not big. Ochheuteal has a long strip of blond sand and free comfy sunbeds (if you buy some food or a drink in one of the beach restaurants), but there are jet skis cruising along the beach which makes swimming quite a dangerous thing at times.

Sokha Beach

Sokha Beach lies next to Serendipity Beach and right by the waterfront road. There are neither sunbeds nor restaurants there, just a narrow strip of white sand, a couple of wooden benches and some trees with their shadow providing shelter from the scorching sun. Both the sea and the view are beautiful nonetheless. Arguably the most luxurious resort hotel of Sihanoukville, Sokha Beach Resort, is next to the Sokha beach.

Independence Beach

The Independence Beach has all the facilities which Ochheuteal Beach offers. On the pro side is the dense shadow from the trees; on the con side – it is obviously narrower than its more popular counterpart.

Hawaii Beach and Victory Beach

These two beaches are definitely not picture-perfect, though they have nice palm trees and a few sunbeds, too. Due to some boat activity at the small pier between Hawaii and Victory beaches, the water does not look as turquois as it does at all the other beaches in Sihanoukville. There are a couple of hotels where package tourists tend to settle and the largest nightclub in town, Airport, is located near the pier.

Otres Beach

Otres Beach is voted the best beach of Sihanoukville and rightly so. Otres Beach lies to the southeast of Ochheuteal Beach. Fringed with delicate casuarinas, it boasts endless jaw dropping sea view. There are comfy sunbeds under straw beach umbrellas and simple beach huts, too. The only downside of Otres Beach is its location – no nightlife, no street food, no markets, no convenience stores nearby. But if you are after some peace and quiet on the background of a dream beach, Otres is the place to go.

Further afield from Sihanoukville

From the new bus station in Sihanoukville there are buses to Kampot, Kep, Koh Rong and Koh Kong (the last one is close to the Thai border town of Hat Lek from where you can easily connect to Trat and Koh Chang).

Passenger reviews out of total 3,721 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

May 19, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
i am giving 3 stars as i never understood why the arrival time was so off from the schedule. we were suppose to arrive at 12.30 but we arrive at 2pm.. also we stop twice. I think there was no reason for this. there were 2 drivers
May 11, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Nice bus and very comfortable. We received water and something to eat, very Nice! Only thing that was not necessary was the eat/drink stop but it was also a Nice place.
May 9, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Comfortable seats and good service Thanks
May 3, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Comfortable journey, was given a pastry and small bottle of water, which is always welcome! Wi-Fi actually worked which surprised me. Arrived an hour early. Had this company recommended to me, and I used their services again today. Pleasant, informative staff.
Apr 28, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★☆☆☆
They talk we leave at 8AM and arrived at 12.30PM. But they leave too late, and arrived Shihanouk Ville until 3PM. So i miss my board to Kohrong Island
Apr 25, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
We arrived in sihanoukville at 2.00pm but, traffic and road conditions impacted on our journey.Still,cheap and effective transport.
Apr 21, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
Bus took 1,5 hours longer to arrive, than stated on the ticket. Wifi connections was really bad and did not work 80 percent of the time. However the bus had comfortable reclining seats, friendly staff, who provided tasty refreshments.
Apr 16, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★☆☆☆
Huge 40 minute departure delay. Bus change half way. No wifi on second bus. Late arrival - we were trying to catch a boat.
Apr 10, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Didn’t arrive on time, 1.5 hour delay but good bus
Apr 8, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Ok trip, arrived one hour after expected to Sihanoukville
Apr 4, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Good driver, cheap, free water
Apr 3, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Comfortabele bus, voldoende ruimte. Vriendelijk personeel. Helaas duurde de rit 2 uur langer dan op het ticket werd aangegeven, dit werd wel meteen gemeld door de steward aan boord.
Mar 25, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Very comfortable, good seats and space.
Mar 16, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Super!!!
Mar 12, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Great service, probably the best bus journey we've had in Asia. Bus was lovely and clean, it left on time and the staff were really nice! Will definitely use them again.
Feb 26, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
Okay journey. The beds are too short and dirty, screws sticking out of the head board, nothing really works... However... There are worse bus - companies in Cambodia.
Feb 26, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
All went well; comfortable bus, prompt departure and arrival times, would use Giant Ibis again or recommend to friends in the future.
Feb 23, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
There was some delay, but you can not control trafic in Phnom. Ride was very comfortable.
Feb 23, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Good comfort and feels safe
Feb 21, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Bus was clean and comfy, had a fair bit of leg room for an Asian bus which was nice. We had two stops to buy food or use the loo. It ran pretty late, think we arrived 2 hours late. Overall good journey, would use this company again.
Feb 21, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
Our departure was on time and they already there told us, that we will arrive 1 hour later which we did. If want to sleep during keep earplugs with you, because drivers honk always when over take other vehicles (and they do lot) Seats comfortable enough. One USB port for charging. In total good value for the quality.
Feb 18, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★☆☆
Good friendly driver. Arrived 1 hour after estimated time though and was forced to use overpriced tuk tuks at final destination. WiFi didn't work and no Aircon. Luggage in seats and walkway made the journey cramped.
Feb 15, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
The trip from PhnomPenh to Sihanoukville was good. For some reason we had to change buses half-way through the trip. Unfortunately in the 2nd bus the WiFi didn't work, but that's my only (minor) complaint.
Feb 10, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Best bus journey I've ever had. Comfortable seats, lots of space, water and snack provided, very friendly helpful staff. Thank you
Feb 9, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Awesome service. Nice clean bus with air con and WIFI. definitely recommend
Feb 7, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Safe ride (for Cambodian standards), friendly staff, confortable, enough stop. It was a good experience. The only thing is that we arrived 1h late. But it's Cambodia :)
Feb 6, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★☆
Not much place for the luggage
Feb 3, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Excellent and helpful tour manager on bus, polite and informative, good safe drivers and modern, comfortable bus with wi fi and charging socket - complementary water and pastry a nice touch. Two short stops for rest and refreshment.
Jan 26, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
The trip was very smooth, the bus much nicer than I was expecting! Very confortable seats -- and I travelled with fever/food poisoning, so I had many scenario of the journey in head, none of them I had imagined will make the trip any nice. Maybe take a jumper if you have one with you (I ended up veryyy cold, but again, had fever) The shuttle to pick you up in Phnom Penh for free is very useful too. We arrived Sihanoukville 1hish late, but i was not expecting less, since we left Phnom Penh at 15.30 (very congested time) The driver was really good, driving very safely (so in my opinion, it is worth a bit of delay at arrival) I will very likely go with this company on my next rides in Cambodia
Jan 24, 2018
bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Bus was on time and we got to the destination 45 minutes early. Comfortable with lots of leg room, snacks and water
Jan 17, 2018
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
All good
Jan 16, 2018
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Seats were comfortable, aircon was on and adjustable per seat, driver was safe and friendly, booking and boarding were easy. We arrived 1 hour 30 minutes late, but that is normal for Cambodia--just be sure to plan a delay if you are catching further transport like a ferry or plane
Jan 15, 2018
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
I was the last and one and only who went in the bus in front of the Phnom Penh Airport at the bus-station nearby the Road 4 in direction to Sihanoukville. I had booked my place 2 weeks ago from my hometown. All was top. On my seat lies a little bottle of water and a croissant.Thank you also for the driver, he made a top job. Greetings from Viktor,nearby Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Jan 13, 2018
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
The trip was okay, but we arrived 1 hour later, not because of traffic jam, but for the break: the second one, about 1/2 hour, too long.
Jan 12, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★☆☆
1.30 hrs after the official arrival time.
Jan 10, 2018
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
Better then any other bus you can find in Cambodia.
Jan 9, 2018
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Good driver, nice place were we paused, comfortabel seats. Arrivel time 1,5 hour later then expected.
Jan 9, 2018
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
Nice sane driver, seat belts, and ac but seat was awful and uncomfortable. I'd probably use them again but not top notch.
Jan 7, 2018
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
Air conditioner was weak, the bus is too small for the number of baggage people normally travel with, besides we had 3 unnecessarily long stops.
Jan 3, 2018
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Very fast driver. Comfertable seats. Crazy traffic.
Dec 31, 2017
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★☆☆
Baggage stacked in the seats made it a cramped ride. We had to stop the van a couple times because it was overheating. Arrived an hour late. We didn't mind the ride, and we weren't rushed on time so this didn't bother us, but it could've been better.
Dec 28, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
On time, comfortable, easy. Good drivers. Will take Giant Ibis again.
Dec 27, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
Very disappointed on boarding bus to discover two people in our seats. We had printed reservation for 1A and 1B. However so did they? We were told that the bus was full. After a phone call from Giant Ibis to your office we were eventually allocated 2A and 2B. Not particularly efficient
Dec 23, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Air con weak
Dec 21, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
Wir hatten Sitz 1A und 1B Diese Sitze haben praktisch keinen Platz fuer die Beine, sogar fuer uns als relativ kleinen Leute (1.63 m) Auf Sitz 1A hing die Verkleidung der Klimaanlage herunter was auf diesem Platz zu starker Kuehlung fuehrte. Abfahrt ab Phnom war puenktlich, auf dem Weg 2 Stops VON 5 Minuten und 20 Minuten. Ankunft in Sihanoukville rund 1 Stunde nach Fahrplan. Sicherer Fahrstil ohne besonderen Vorkommnissen
Dec 16, 2017
van VIP, Virak Buntham Express
★★☆☆☆
After I came to Virak Buntham office I was told that bus in which I booked and got confirmed place ten days before is already full. I was offered to use another provider which was fine for me so I was transported to another bus station by motorcycle (ordered by Virak Buntham employee), apparently there I discovered that this transportation I had to pay from my own, so problem with booking on side of provider you have to pay from your own pocket which I'm not considering as good service.
12Go response:

We are terribly sorry about this. Virak had confirmed you for seat 6 on this departure and so this is most disappointing. Can you send us a photo of the new ticket so we can present to Virak for the refund?

Nov 29, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
The bus was very comfortable, but cold due to air con blasting. Nice to have a complimentary pastry and water. The driving was ok, but the brakes were slammed on a few times, and the very loud horn too.
Nov 22, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Goede reis gehad alleen was het erg warm in de mini bus
Nov 21, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
The coaster is very comfy with wifi and power outlet.
Nov 18, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
It would have helped to have a realistic arrival time. The bus was late by 1 hour, scheduled to reach at 12:30PM but reached at 1:30PM
Nov 16, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
Really bad AC, and the wi-fi didn't work on the road, just while standing still. Otherwise it was good, one stop on the way, for bathroom brakes.
Oct 18, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
Bus was comfortable but made several unscheduled stops
Oct 3, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
The bus ride was safe and the Refreshment stop the best.
Oct 2, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
One hour late, stop at very expensive restaurant
Sep 20, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★☆☆☆
Good but not so good because the staff is not so respectful and polite especially the lady who dispatched us from Phnom Penh Terminal.....the van was late..we are about to go at 930 but we left almost 10...
Aug 27, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
Great service
Aug 25, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★☆
Nice scenic drive, stop on the way was a nice cafe with great coffee & bathroom. Wifi and power point on bus didn't work.
Jul 22, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
Not too bad for comfort considering the roads. Wifi didnt work which was expected. Took an hour and a half longer to get to sihanoukville.
Jul 16, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★☆☆☆
There was a cockroach nest at the front of the bus and the luggage was piled up beside me and at one point nearly fell of me as it was not properly secured in place. Other than that the journey was fine and ran to time. Good value price as well
Jun 28, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
The bus was awesome. Super reclining seats, AC, wifi, everything you could want. They gave us pastries and water at the beginning of the trip. They stopped at a very nice rest stop halfway through. Extremely pleased.
Jun 25, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★☆☆
5 hour journey as there was traffic and we were all squashed into this little van - very uncomfortable if you are sat by the window seat as there is a big piece of plastic in the way so your legs can't be comfortable. I think for such a long trip the coach should really be a bigger one with reclining seats - by the end of the 5 hours I was about ready to scream! Staff were very friendly and smiley, helped us with our luggage and had a good vibe about them, also got a water and cake thing at the beginning which was a nice touch. All in all, you get what you pay for!
Jun 9, 2017
bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport
★★★★★
it simply works